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Comment Re:Only the paranoid survive (not) (Score 1) 508

Alain, you are completely right of course but I think the original poster had a different question - how to protect IP from the school you are attending and not so much whether anyone thinks your idea is great. Most academic institutions can call all IP developed on their systems as their own - and most Tech Transfer services are useless of course to commercialize them. They won't bother coming after you until you succeeded - and if there is any doubt that the IP is yours, good luck finding a VC... As a guide - just dont work on your amazing idea using University hard / software. Keep some form of papertrail (McDonald's napkins work fine if countersigned by your buddy) that you are the sole inventor and if there are patentable parts to it (that applies probably more to hardware), file reasonably early but with a plan in mind to do something about it. Again, don't be paranoid (as Alain said above) but cover your base

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